After a particularly bloody weekend of Islamic violence throughout the world, I thought this would be a good time to take a quick review of the “War on Terror”. In case you missed the events of this weekend, here is a quick review:
Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Zamboanga, Philippines, bombing [link] 3 dead
Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Shabwa, Yemen, attack [link] 65 dead
Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Qalqiliya, Israel, murder [link] 1 dead
Friday, 20 Sep 2013, Samarra, Iraq, bombing [link] 18 dead
Saturday, 21 Sep 2013, Sadr City, Iraq, bombing [link] 72 dead
Saturday, 21 Sep 2013, Nairobi, Kenya, attack [link] 62 dead *ongoing*
Sunday, 22 Sep 2013, Peshawar, Pakistan, bombing [link] 81 dead
Sunday, 22 Sep 2013, Bagdad, Iraq, bombing [link] 50 dead
Sunday, 22 Sep 2013, Tabasaransky, Dagestan [link] 2 dead
That is a total of 354 dead, and hundreds more injured.
While none of these attacks were on American soil, and none were specifically directed against Americans, all of the attacks were conducted by al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda affiliates. These attacks do not include the ongoing civil wars in Libya and Syria, the unrest in Egypt, or the war in Afghanistan.
So how is that war on terror going?
It seems that terrorism is still with us,
al-Qaeda is still with us,
and most importantly after 12 years of fighting in Afghanistan, we have little to show for the blood and treasure we have dumped in there.
Now perhaps, we should attack the root of the problem which is not the agents of terror hiding in caves in Afghanistan, or fighting as insurgents in Syria, or even leading the protests in Egypt, no the root of the problem is our pseudo-ally, Saudi Arabia, and their particular brand of hate, Wahhabism. Make no mistake, Wahhabists are not the only people in the middle east that hate America, there are lots of others, but Wahhabists have the money (via oil profits) to fund an unending war against us.
I am not a member of the conspiracy theory club (CTC), but one does have to wonder why (I mean besides the boatloads of cash some people are making) Saudi Arabia holds a special place on our ‘friends list’. If Saddam Hussein was bad, Bashar al-Assad is bad, and Hosni Mubarak was bad, why is the Saudi Royal Family not bad? (bad, of course being a subjective term, but suffice to say persons who violate human rights)
Much like in the Vietnam War, the political establishment’s unwillingness to allow the military to fully strike the staging areas of our enemy (North Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos then, Saudi Arabia now) makes all of the other efforts significantly less effective.
If we are unable or unwilling to take the war to our enemies, then we should settle for [a] peace (of sorts).
Assuming that we our willing to accept the terms of a peaceful solution, which is not guarantee and which no doubt would be painful and political disastrous. It would also mean, getting the majority of our oil from somewhere else (rather than Saudi Arabia, and other middle eastern countries).
None of which, I foresee the current administration or any future one, willing to adopt.
So to sum up today’s Monday Morning QBing, it seems we have reached an unfortunate impasse, one where we are unwilling to do what needs to be done to win, and unable to extract ourselves.